I am Valerie Bendt, the administrator of Ambassador Academy. Since 2006, I have been assisting families with directing their children’s education. Over a 30-year period, my husband Bruce and I homeschooled our now-grown six children. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. Additionally, I earned a TEFL certificate from the University of Toronto in 2015. I have been writing curriculum for families since 1990. Feel free to visit my curriculum website at www.ValerieBendt.com.
Our youngest child, Randall, graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. He is now a Sailor in the United States Navy in the Nuclear Engineering Program. Randall obtained his Associate of Arts degree while in high school through Hillsborough Community College.
Our middle son, Raymond, received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Florida State University in 2009. He is now a Naval Officer in the Seabees. He recently got engaged to Dana, who is also a Naval Officer. Raymond participated in the dual enrollment program at Hillsborough Community College while in high school as well.
Our oldest son, Robert recently completed his 13th year in the United States Marine Corps. Robert served as an Arabic linguist for a number of years before going back to school to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida State University. He is now a Commissioned Officer in the Marine Corps. Robert’s wife Stephanie is also a Commissioned Officer in the Marine Corps. Robert was our first son to take dual enrollment courses at Hillsborough Community College while in high school.
Our oldest daughter, Michelle, has three sons, Justin, Anthony, and Dominic. She is an award-winning cake artist who owned her own cafe-bakery for many years. Check out her amazing cakes on her website! www.customcakesbymichelle.com. She’s recently gone back to school to pursue a degree in the medical field.
Our middle daughter, Melissa, received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tampa and a Master of Arts in English and American Literature from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She and her husband Tae-Hee have a beautiful little girl, Auryn and are expecting a baby boy soon! They live in Seoul, South Korea, where Melissa teaches English at Hanyang Women’s University.
Our youngest daughter, Mandy, and her husband David have three adorable children—Joshua, Nicholas, and Charlotte–with another on the way in a few months! Mandy also has an online editing business; however, caring for three children is more than a full-time job!
I hope this introduction provides a glimpse of my background and my ability to assist families with their children’s educational journeys. Please call or email so we can set up a meeting to see how I might be of service.